The weekend sport report: LiveBetter Storm and Thunder deliver an electric performance at Carrington Park
A new league of legends took to the field at Carrington Park in Bathurst at 3:42pm on Saturday 26th March, for eight minutes of all-abilities touch football action. The atmosphere was electric with the 10,000 strong crowd abuzz for their live lesson in the game which has taken the Central West by storm.
Speaking of storms, what has long been regarded as the number one grudge match in regional New South Wales, the LiveBetter Storm and Thunder were clinical as soon as their football boots hit the pitch, writing the next chapter in the LiveBetter legendary saga. Like so many immortals who have gone before them, this year, both teams were looking to print their name in the history books and go down as legends of the game.
On a crisp, autumn afternoon, with a slight breeze of 6 knots coming through from the easterly direction, rivalries were formed and blood, sweat and tears were left out on the field.
The match was back and forth, tit for tat, with strong defensive lines from both teams. An early “dive for the line” try from team captain, Eveleen Wallace, also showcased unrivalled utility support from Bonny Moon and outstanding dummy half skills from Sophie Elfttherou. Talk about textbook execution! And how about the second row performance from Melanie Yusuf – she gave Isaah Yeo a run for his money!
Emotions were running high when both teams exited the pitch, and although they battled it out on the turf, nothing compared to the level of comradery which followed. Was it really mate versus mate? More like mates supporting mates.
The level of skill and tactics will be spoken about for years to come. But the crowd was most impressed by the sportsmanship demonstrated by both teams. As the final handshakes were made and the score settled, LiveBetter’s two teams were proud of their achievements and were asking “When do we get to do this all again?”